Wastewater Department


Emergency: 774-836-0103

Office: 508-693-0343

Facility Manager: 508-560-9998


Date: June 28, 2023 

Time: 4:00PM 

Location: Oak Bluffs Town Hall - Large Conference Room 

The Town of Oak Bluffs Wastewater Commission pursuant to the Massachusetts General Law Part I Title VII Chapter 40N Section 9(a), will call to order a public hearing to increase wastewater rates, which will take effect for FY24 annual billing, to address deficits in the budget that will be caused by increasing operating costs. This public hearing will be held on June 28, 2023at 4:00PM located in the Large Conference Room downstairs at Oak Bluffs Town Hall. This notice is posted for the required 1 month prior to the public hearing. The rate increase proposal is that all users will pay an additional base fee of $200. In addition the top tier of the wastewater usage block rate, accounts that use more than 360,000 gallons of wastewater per year, will pay an additional $0.012 per gallon of wastewater they use in excess of 360,000. All other rates, fees and assessments will not be raised as part of this hearing. Click here for more info:

OB WW Flex Report Expenses and Revenue 5.17.23

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OB WWTF Pre-Approved Contractor List

CWMP Presentation

Dukes County Coastal Resilience Improvement Permit Level Design (funded by the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grant Program) 

Multiple Town and Island-Wide resiliency evaluations have highlighted the vulnerability of the Dukes County Pump Station to coastal storms. Building on these evaluations, the Town of Oak Bluffs was awarded an MVP Action Grant to conduct an alternatives evaluation of coastal resilience improvements for the station and to prepare a permit level design for the selected alternative. The link below contains the Public Presentation to the Wastewater Commission in May 2023 outlining the project. The Public Presentation outline is available in English and Portuguese.

Oak Bluffs MVP Public Participation Presentation

Oak Bluffs MVP Public Participation Presentation - Zoom  Meeting on May 18, 2023 at 2pm

Mission Statement

The mission of the Wastewater Department is to serve the town in meeting its wastewater needs and meet its state permit requirements.

Goals & Objectives

Expand the wastewater plant to handle future needs that will be driven by the CWMP (Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan) for the next 20 years.


  • Constantly meets state permit requirements.
  • Meets state permitting levels as measured by daily, weekly and monthly sampling.
  • Lack of odor control complaints.
  • Timely response to customer concerns.
  • Repairs most pump problems with an alarm system, notifying the department before a customer even knows of a problem.
  • New computer monitoring SCADA system improves efficiency in plant monitoring and process control.


  • No significant budgetary changes.

Wastewater Commissioners:

Gail Barmakian, Chairman
Term Expires: 2026

Bill Alwardt
Term Expires: 2025

Cassandra Bowler
Term Expires: 2024

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